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Museum Community Kicks Off Museum Week at Independence Visitor Center, Monday April 27th

Fifty-five area museums team up on April 27, 2009 to launch the first Museum Week, April 27-May 3, 2009. The launch event will take place on Monday, April 27th at 10am at the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall. It will feature a wide variety of local museums displaying samples from current exhibitions or collections. Press and the public are invited to attend. The event will also feature the debut screening of SPARK, a new short film about the impact that Philadelphia’s cultural institutions have on the hearts and minds of our community.

Speakers featured include Peggy Amsterdam, President, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; Gail Harrity, Interim CEO, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Nancy Kolb, President & CEO, Please Touch Museum; and Dennis Wint, President & CEO, The Franklin. View the full press release at Museum Week

Join the region’s cultural leaders as they share details about Museum Week and the special offers available online at In addition to appearances by the Zoo on Wheels, Please Touch Museum’s Mad Hatter, and museum leaders from around the region, there will be a special preview screening of SPARK, a short, captivating film about Philadelphia’s cultural institutions directed by Philadelphia filmmaker Glenn Holsten.  More than 80 local culture fans appear in the film, including Franklin astronomer Derrick Pitts, Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey, Dr. Brian McDonough, and Lily Yeh of the Village of Arts and Humanities.